New Aston Martin “Cygnet” inspired by Toyota’s iQ

When Toyota first launched the iQ earlier this year, it knew the project would help shape the future of the small car market. So it’s exciting news indeed to hear that Aston Martin is interested in expanding on the car’s design to create the Cygnet.

The Aston Martin Cygnet will be a luxury commuter car strongly based on the Toyota iQ. Released in 2010 across Europe, it will be exclusively built for and sold to Aston Martin owners, and currently there are no plans to extend to other countries.

We took a shine to iQ back in January, when we drove it for 500 miles on one tank of fuel, but it seems that we’re not the only ones. Aston Martin chief executive Dr Ulrich Bez said that the Cygnet project was “made possible with the support of an organisation of Toyota’s stature and capability and the intelligent design and perfect city car package of the iQ”.

 iQ Aston Martin in production

Tadashi Arashima, Toyota Europe’s CEO and president said the collaboration represented “a natural pairing of strategies: a small yet spacious package, perfect for the city driver, finished off with Aston Martin’s iconic design language.

“The Cygnet is a good choice for the Aston Martin owner looking for that second or third car, which is luxurious and eco-conscious,” he added.

We’re looking forward to finding out more about the Cygnet, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on its progress!

One comment

  1. I think this is great idea for both companies. I’m sure Aston would love to get access to the parts bin of a major manuafacturer now it’s not part of Ford. How long I wonder till we see Hybrid Synergy Drive in an Aston? Partnering with Aston does Toyota no harm at all. It’s not like they exactly compete against each other. I wonder how many Aston owners also run a Prius?

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